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Alabama lawmakers have prefiled legislation that would allow first responders to file workers’ compensation claims for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) without the presence of a physical injury. H.B. 44 is planned to be introduced on February 4th and would provide workers’ compensation benefits to emergency response team members who suffer from an occupational mental illness or PTSD that has arisen out of and in the course of employment. In the bill, an emergency responder is defined as law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency dispatchers, and emergency medical technicians of an emergency services agency.

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